B. Confidence: Confidence in your teaching strategy and process will lead to better implementation of your lesson plan and more acceptance from your students.
C. Decoration: Keeping your classroom decorated with posters, photos, charts, words, and bright colors can help to keep your students positive and attentive.
D. Classroom Rules: Keeping a list of general rules posted on the wall in your classroom can help make students aware of what not to do.
E. Hi-Fives: A simple and effective tool that can be used to engage and break the barrier between teachers and students.
F. Reward: Rewards are a great way to help keep students motivated to learn and well-behaved.
G. Games: Games make learning fun and can help improve students’ memory of the content. Team building and collaborative games work best.
H. TPR: Total Response Actions (using gestures to represent words or grammar) allow for a more interactive learning experience and enhance memory, as well.
I. Goofy: Being goofy is an excellent way to keep students entertained while learning. If you can make students laugh and learn simultaneously, they’ll be hooked.
J. Creative Learning: Everything from arts and crafts, using technology, memorizing proverbs and tongue twisters, to sharing your own knowledge and experiences, that helps keeps students interested and using their minds.
2. The Countdown: This is a classic technique that everyone learns when they’re young; you know, when your mom or dad tells you a command, and gives you a “5,4,3,2,1..” countdown to stress that it needs to be done quickly. Students will understand this concept even if they’ve yet to learn their numbers in English.
3. Specific Actions: It is important to teach your students specific actions early on that equate to “Stop everything you’re doing, behave, sit-up straight, and listen up.” Something as simple as holding your hands out and crossing your arms with each hand placed on top of your elbow should suffice.
4. The Stare Down: Work on your “mean face;” that is, a look that let’s students know they are misbehaving, and you want them to immediately stop or they’ll be consequences. Remain calm, composed, and just wait. Give them the ‘look.’ When you think it’s time to move on, wait a few more seconds, just to let it sink in and have a greater impact.
5. Joke Around: Sometimes joking around with students can help counter their disruptive behavior. Instead of being angry, try making a few gentle, non-verbally abusive jokes aimed at the bad students.
6. Call & Response Chants: Create a call-and-response chant that lets students know to sit-down, sit-up straight, place their hands on the table (or knees), stop talking, and focus. For example, the teacher says “1,2,3,” and students react by behaving and calling out “Hands on knees.”
7. Give Warnings: Threaten to punish the student before actually doing it. This lets the student recognize that their behavior is inappropriate and that there will be consequences if he/she cannot control their actions.
8. Take Away Individual or Team Rewards: i.e., Stars / Points
9. Better Rewards: Maybe stars or points aren’t enough for your students. So, try bringing in some more enticing rewards, such as play money that could get them toys, or, give them opportunities to be classroom monitors, be the first in line, collect books, and so on.
10. Start High: At the beginning of class give each team a set amount of stars or points. During the class, if the students misbehave, simply deduct the points from their team.
12. Don’t let student participate in games.
13. Game Over, Start Over: If you’re actively playing a game and your students are being disruptive, simply cancel the game and have them start again. Don’t start the game again until they are quiet and ready.
14. Ignore the student: Some student’s thrive off attention they’re receiving for disrupting the class. Try acknowledging their behavior, but not focusing all your attention on him/her. Continue to reward good students and allow them to play games. Eventually the student may recognize that his/her behavior is the reason they are missing out on all the fun, and will seek to adjust.
15. Rearrange students’ seats.
16. Punish, then Return: Punish the student by taking away their rewards. When the student starts behaving well, return to them and give him/her the opportunity to participate and earn rewards again.
17. Detention: If possible, have your naughty students stay after class for a designated time as punishment. But first, make sure with your local teachers or administration if it is ok to do so.
18. Speak with Teachers: Discuss the student’s behavior with the local teacher(s) at your company. They can offer their own knowledge, expertise or resources to deal with the situation.
19. Keep an assistant teacher in the class.
20. Write Comments: Some schools may have a form or booklet that is used to notify parents of their child’s progress throughout the semester. If possible, have a local teacher translate some comments you have regarding a student’s behavior.
22. Jamie Foxx: Jamie Foxx, a famous American comedian, actor, and singer, began telling jokes as soon as elementary school. And, he was so good at it that his teacher would allow him to tell jokes at the end of class as a reward for students behaving well. With that in mind, try to figure out your students. Create advantages from disadvantages. Make the best out of your worst situations. Who knows, maybe you’ll help to make the next Jamie Foxx!